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Meet your scholarship management partners

For over 35 years, Scholarship Management Services has designed and managed custom education
assistance programs for corporations, foundations and individuals that reach students all over the world.

Cheryl Amundson
Cheryl Amundson
Marilee Hedberg
Marilee Hedberg
Dawn Lehtinen
Dawn Lehtinen
Education Program Consultant
Emily Monda
Emily Monda
Education Program Consultant
Cheryl Amundson

With more than 30 years of experience in secondary and post-secondary education, non-profit management, and community youth development, Cheryl is well versed in matters of education access and student success. At Scholarship Management Services, she advises and assists with program development and evaluation to ensure clients achieve their goals and objectives. Outside of work, Cheryl enjoys playing the piano, fiber arts, golf and travel.

Marilee Hedberg

Throughout her career, Marilee has been a hands-on HR practitioner in areas such as compensation, benefits, staffing, performance management, training, and compliance. She fully understands the challenges HR leaders face, making her the perfect person with whom to discuss outsourcing your company’s scholarship or tuition assistance program. In her spare time, Marilee is an angler-gatherer-gardener-cook who aspires to be a better golfer.

Dawn Lehtinen
Education Program Consultant

A 15-year veteran of Scholarship Management Services, Dawn has managed a variety of unique education assistance programs. Her experience is invaluable in assisting new contacts with understanding their needs and what is involved in developing education assistance programs. Outside work, Dawn is an active community volunteer and enjoys camping, hockey, and watching her children’s activities.

Emily Monda
Education Program Consultant

Prior to joining Scholarship Management Services Emily worked for a benefits administration company helping business owners and financial advisors to ensure appropriate management of retirement plans. As a consultant Emily works closely with new contacts and the sales team to establish education programs that will meet ones desired goals and objectives. When Emily is not working she enjoys playing soccer, cooking, golfing, fishing with her husband and spoiling her mini goldendoodle, Winnie.

Pei-loh Lo
Pei-loh Lo
Vice President, Operations
Mike Nylund
Mike Nylund
Vice President
Together we're better
Together we’re better
Pei-loh Lo
Vice President, Operations

Pei-loh is a 26-year veteran of Scholarship America, in capacities such as scholarship administration management, staff training, customer service, operational oversight, and quality assurance. In her current role, Pei-loh and her team work closely with clients to implement more than 1,300 education assistance programs each year, delivering critical financial support to students across the globe.

Mike Nylund
Vice President

Prior to joining Scholarship Management Services, Mike served as the Director of Financial Aid Operations, Customer Service and Compliance at Capella University. When he’s not working, Mike enjoys international travel, cooking, wine, running an occasional marathon and spending time with Diesel, his spoiled golden retriever.

Together we’re better

We're here to help you bring higher education to those who want to go further.

Featured clients

Everyone we work with, from individuals and foundations to companies big and small, all share one common goal: more education for more people.

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Save time, save money, change lives

Save time, save money, change lives!

When you partner with Scholarship Management Services, you’ll get a dedicated program manager who will take care of all the work for you. We’ll design and manage a custom education assistance program tailored specifically to your needs.


Here’s what clients say about their experience with Scholarship Management Services.

  • Since the transition from another industry leader we have been impressed
    and didn’t realize all we were missing in our program/services from the past provider. SMS is the best scholarship management service in the industry with knowledge, quality, service and price.

    Alison Foreman       Book Industry Charitable Foundation
  • We have so many different scholarship funds with different criteria needs, so using Scholarship America was a great fit
    for our program. Scholarship America makes our selection process much easier! The ability for our students to complete one application and be considered for several funds is a time saver for them.

    Bernice Uresti       San Antonio Area Foundation
  • SMS has a proven track record with
    Mitsui USA Foundation
    that has reinforced and elevated the success of our scholarship program for employees' children. They bring a personal and heartfelt touch to an effective and timely management style.

    Janet Garland       Mitsui USA Foundation
  • Great service. Very responsive
    and professional.

    Charles Jackson       Humana Foundation
  • Our company has utilized Scholarship
    Management Services for several years
    to oversee our scholarship and tuition assistance programs.
    The individuals handling our account are incredibly responsive
    and professional. I have recommended Scholarship Management
    Services to several professional contacts as a result.

    Jerry Gilin       Diebold, Inc.
  • We have used Scholarship Management
    Services for one of our primary
    scholarship programs
    for many years. They are very easy to work with, very efficient and very
    reliable. We think they are the absolute best.

    Sharon Wood       Johnson Scholarship Foundation
  • I am grateful to partner with an organization
    that is so committed to its cause.
    I am proud to have SMS administer and be a representative
    of our scholarship. I enjoy working with such a dedicated
    and professional staff.

    Karen Nicklin       GM Foundation
  • Scholarship Management Services
    is extremely efficient
    and has always helped us with special requests. I appreciate
    and value their staff's expertise.

    Jennifer Anderson       Deluxe Corporation - W.R. Hotchkiss Foundation
  • Scholarship Management Services enabled us to make our vision a reality.
    Their professionalism, outstanding service, and value offered has been exceptional and worthy of recognition. Thank you, Scholarship Management Services, for your service and your support.

    Pat Farley       NY Chapter American Logistics Association
  • I have been so impressed with
    SMS as an organization.
    I found my consultant there to be extremely helpful and very responsive. This was my organization's first time offering a scholarship program, and SMS made the entire process seamless.

    Dana Jones       The Jones Group
  • Scholarship Management Services is an efficient, effective method
    for selecting scholarship winners in an unbiased manner. They are
    easy to work with, keep you on schedule, and made our
    program run as smoothly as possible.

    Shannon Gustafson       American Coalition for Ethanol

Recent news

Scholarship America Names Robert C. Ballard as President & CEO
Mr. Ballard has more than 30 years of higher education financing experience, most recently with USA Funds. Read More >
Scholarship America Celebrates A Successful From Dreams to Degrees Event
From Dreams to Degrees celebrated college students and those who help make their success a reality. Read More >
Scholarship America Co-Hosts Roundtable with U.S. Secretary of Labor
Scholarship America served as co-host with Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Read More >
Scholarship America Featured by PBS NewsHour
Scholarship America's Max Espinoza spoke about the knowledge gap that many low-income and first-generation students face. Read More >

Businesses or foundations

We can help remove the administrative burden of running an education assistance program internally. To learn more about how Scholarship Management Services can help, contact us.

Scholarship Management Services National Headquarters

One Scholarship Way
Saint Peter, MN 56082

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Phone: 507-931-1682
Toll Free: 1-800-537-4180

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Scholarship Management Services and Scholarship America

For more than 35 years, Scholarship Management Services has been helping corporations, foundations, and
individuals create and manage education assistance programs for students around the world. We are proud to be
a division of  Scholarship America, the largest private, nonprofit scholarship and education assistance organization
in the United States.